Staff

LACES Staff

Dr. Richard Rawson

Dr. Richard RawsonRichard A. Rawson, Ph.D., is an Associate Director of UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and Professor-in-Residence at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, in which he has been a member for more than 20 years. He received a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Vermont in 1974. Dr. Rawson oversees clinical trials on pharmacological and psychosocial addiction treatments. He is principal investigator of the Los Angeles County Evaluation System Program (LACES) and the California Outcome System Monitoring Program (CalOMS). He has led addiction research and training projects for the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and the U.S. State Department, exporting science-based knowledge to many parts of the world. Dr. Rawson has published 2 books, 27 book chapters, and over 150 peer-reviewed articles and has conducted over 1,000 workshops, paper presentations, and training sessions.

 


Dr. Desirée Crèvecoeur-MacPhail

Dr. Desiree Crevecoeur-MacPhailDesirée Crèvecoeur-MacPhail, Ph.D. received her doctorate from Claremont Graduate University in Social Psychology and master's degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. Throughout her work at UCLA-ISAP she has been responsible for the examining engagement and retention, client outcomes, and designed research reports that have assisted the county in performance management.  Her role as Principal Investigator of the Los Angeles County Evaluation System (LACES) has provided the opportunity to implement and assess small pilot projects that have helped move the county closer to a performance-based management system. Her involvement with treatment providers benefited the study as she served as a critical liaison to the treatment community.  In addition she has designed and implemented evaluation programs; supervised staff; addressed all correspondence from County, Commissions, and external sources; coordinate and chair meetings with county and state officials, treatment providers, and other stakeholders; compose reports, articles, and newsletters, conduct literature searches.

 

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Dr. Christine E. Grella

Dr. Christine GrellaChristine E. Grella, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP), Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California, Los Angeles, and Director of ISAP. Her research focuses on the intersection of multiple service delivery systems, including substance abuse treatment, mental health, child welfare, health services, HIV services, and criminal justice. Her work has examined the relationship of service delivery to treatment outcomes, focusing on treatment for women, adolescents, individuals in the criminal justice system, and individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. She has published her work widely in the areas of addiction, mental health, health services, and evaluation research.  Dr. Grella directs the NIDA-funded pre- and post-doctoral training program at ISAP and is a Co-Investigator and Director of the Research and Methods Support Core of the NIDA-funded Center for Advancing Longitudinal Drug Abuse Research (CALDAR).

 

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Dr. Larissa J. Mooney

Dr. Larissa MooneyDr. Larissa Mooney is a board certified addiction psychiatrist with expertise in the treatment of substance use disorders and psychiatric comorbidity.  After obtaining residency training at New York University, she completed a fellowship in addiction psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 2006.  Dr. Mooney is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and Director of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic, where she supervises and teaches psychiatrists in training in both inpatient and outpatient clinical settings.  She is active in the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP), where she serves on the Executive Board of Directors.  Since joining UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs in 2007, Dr. Mooney has conducted research on treatment interventions for addictive disorders and has collaborated on community training initiatives to enhance understanding of substance abuse and concomitant psychiatric illness among mental health clinicians.  She is a Co-Lead Investigator for the Pacific Region Node of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network.  Her interests include development of psychopharmacological and integrated treatments for addiction and advancement of substance abuse training for health care professionals.

 

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Sarah Cousins, M.P.H.

Sarah J. Cousins, M.P.H., received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She also holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Sociology and Political Science.  Ms. Cousins is trained on the development, implementation, and evaluation of community health interventions. She received the Delta Omega award for her thesis on the association between substance use disorder and racial discrimination, which demonstrates her interest in eliminating health disparities. As the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) Project Director for the Los Angeles County Evaluation System, she is responsible for manuscript and report writing, grant preparation, data analysis, regulatory compliance and overseeing LACES activities. Ms. Cousins’ career began as a Research Coordinator at the Matrix Institute on Addictions, a nonprofit organization that provides research, training, and treatment for substance use disorders. Since coming to UCLA ISAP, she has worked on clinical trials and state and county evaluation projects, overseeing single and multisite projects and assuring protocol, contractual and regulatory compliance.

 

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Eva Vazquez

Eva VazquezMrs. Eva Vazquez is an experienced Research Associate with 14 years of experience working in laboratory, clinical, and academic research settings. As the assistant to the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) Associate Director, Dr. Richard Rawson, Mrs. Vazquez coordinates research and consultant activities with professionals (e.g., judges, counselors, administrators, policy makers, etc.) in the addiction field from a variety of disciplines.  As a vital Research Associate for the ISAP Data Management Center (DMC) and the Los Angeles County Evaluation Systems (LACES), Mrs. Vazquez is responsible for survey design, data entry and validation, quality assurance, codebook development, and archiving data. She is also a skilled survey designer using Teleforms and QDS.  As a member of the UCLA Volunteer Interpreter Program, Mrs. Vazquez is certified (April 2014) to provide interpretation between healthcare providers and patients. As such, Mrs. Vazquez conducts enrollment, locating, and follow-up interviews among Spanish- and English-speaking substance users enrolled in the LACES projects. Finally, Mrs. Vazquez assists with LACES reports and logistics.

 

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